Beaverton native joins The Presidents Own United States Marine Band
- The Times - Features
David Constantine, a percussionist, joined the band in October
Beaverton native David Constantine joined 'The President's Own' United States Marine Band in October 2011 as a percussionist.
As a Marine Band musician, Staff Sergeant Constantine performs regularly with the Marine Band, Marine Chamber Orchestra and Marine Chamber Ensembles at the White House, in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area, and across the country during the band's annual concert tour.
Constantine began his musical training at age 8. After graduating in 1998 from Aloha High School, he attended the University of Oregon in Eugene, where he received a bachelor of music degree in percussion performance in 2003 and a master of music degree in percussion performance in 2005. He is currently pursuing his doctor of music degree in percussion performance from Indiana University in Bloomington.
Prior to joining 'The President's Own,' Constantine performed with the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra in New York and the Oregon Coast Music Festival Orchestra of Coos Bay. He also served as principal timpani with the Columbus Indiana Philharmonic and Terre Haute Symphony of Indiana.
Constantine, the son of Peter and Pamela Constantine of Beaverton, now lives in Waldorf, Md.
The Marine Band is America's oldest continuously active professional musical organization. Founded in 1798, the band has performed for every U.S. president since John Adams. Known as 'The President's Own' since the days of Thomas Jefferson, the Marine Band's primary mission is to provide music for the president of the United States and the commandant of the Marine Corps.